MYSTERY OF THE ANCIENT THRACIAN HERITAGE

Price: from Euro 479,- 8 days / 7 nights

DAY 1
Arrival in Sofia. Transfer and Accommodation. Traditional dinner at folklore restaurant. Overnight.

DAY 2
Breakfast. Departure to Hissar and Starosel. Exclusive visit to the Thracian Tomb – the largest in Southeastern Europe and the best-preserved artistic masterpiece from Hellenistic period. The amazing Thracian Kings’ necropolis was excavated in 2000. It is rich decorated and represents unique Thracian burial rituals and culture. According to archaeologists the tomb dates back to the end of 5th century B.C. or the beginning of 4th century B.C. The prominent Thracian King Sitalk was sepulchered here. On the way back sightseeing tour of Koprivshtitsa. Departure to Plovdiv – the second largest Bulgarian city with a quite attractive ancient quarter. Accommodation. Sightseeing tour of the ancient part of the city. Enjoy the eagle sight from the Ancient Amphitheatre, some of the oldest churches in Plovdiv, Dzhumaya Mosque etc. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
Breakfast. Departure to Perperikon - a sacred Thracian place. Medieval fortress built where an ancient Thracian sanctuary used to be. It was related to the cult of the Thracian equivalent of the Greek god of wine and feasts, Dionysius (known as Zagrey). According to some of the archaeologists, this marvellous religious centre was built some 3,500 years ago and was used for ritual sacrifices of animals and people, as well as for religious orgies of young men and women worshipping Zagrey. Sightseeing and photos. Back to Plovdiv. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4
Breakfast. Departure to Kazanlak, the paradise of the roses and the town of the Thracian Kings. Panoramic tour of the Valley, which is famous for its 1500 sepulchral hills and for the nineThracian tombs, located nearby, including the renowned Kazanlak Thracian Tomb /UNESCO/. Departure to Veliko Tarnovo – ancient Bulgarian capital, one of the most beautiful Bulgarian towns. Sightseeing tour of Tsarevets Hill - the main fortress of the old capital and Samovodska charshia /Samovodene Market/ etc. Dinner and overnight /option: visiting the “Sound and Light” audio-visual show/.

DAY 5
Breakfast. Departure to the Thracian Tomb of Sveshtari. Discovered in 1982 near the village of Sveshtari, this 3rd-century B.C. Thracian tomb reflects the fundamental structural methods of Thracian cult buildings. In the afternoon - visit to Madara Horseman / unique example of Bulgarian Mediaeval art, which is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List of cultural and natural values/. Accommodation in the town of Shoumen. Dinner with wine tasting. Overnight.

DAY 6
Breakfast. Departure to Sofia. Accommodation in Sofia. Free time. Overnight.

DAY 7
Breakfast. Visit to the National Museum of History, with special attention to the unique collection of Thracian treasures and more than 65 000 exhibits. The museum is one of the largest and most remarkable museums on the Balkan Peninsula. It provides a comprehensive exposition of Bulgarian history from the prehistoric period to nowadays. Sightseeing tour of the oldest churches in Sofia: the “Rotunda” church of St. George, the church of St. Petka Samardjiiska, the church of St. Sofia, the church of St. Alexander Nevski and its Crypt, where the Icon Museum is located etc. Free time. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 8
Breakfast. Transfer to Sofia airport.

The package price includes:

• Transportation with luxury vehicle /according to the tourist number/;
• Accommodation in standard rooms on BB basis;
• 1 Dinner with wine tasting in Shoumen;
• 1 Dinner with a folklore show in Sofia;
• English / German / or Russian speaking guide during the whole tour;
• Entrance fees.

The price excludes:

• Porterages;
• Tips.

Sofia-°C
Plovdiv-°C
Varna-°C
Bourgas-°C
Pleven-°C
Vidin-°C
Stara Zagora-°C
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